With what we heard


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Do you remember

when

walking the quiet halls

we stood

and saw what was

written on the board

the chalk rising in plumes from the board

as the scratching noise

rose

and fell with the

speed of the person

writing the message

on the wall

the chalkboard

we turned for a moment

stopped for a second

breathed in

the chalky essence

a smoky flavor

of talc

mixed with

the smell that

filling the air around us

left the message

on the wall clear

and we all knew

we all knew

as we shuffled out the door.

Sandler Boggs

The light now off the room now dark are you there God?


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I am

It is what was said

as the light was

turned off

the door closed

the world flowing away from

the room as though

attached to the very light

that leaving the lamp bulb

became particles of dust

floating as though suspected

in a vicious fluid

a bath of chemical

solvents

solving for X

but arriving at y

we spin around and around

for there is nothing to decide upon

there is nothing that can be done

what was

is no more

the light fading

in the distance

as though a taillight

pulling away

are you listening?

I am…

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How to improve productivity


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I was thinking about productivity  improvement last night. From the broad perspective of what are the core goals of product ivy improvement (get more done with less time and effort in theory). Based on that I started thinking about the things I use to do my job and I realized that I am more effective today than I was as recently as 10 months ago.

  • decrease the stress around you
  • come to work with a smile
  • Tablet computing

First of all 8 months ago if you had asked me I would have said that working with the customer I was lucky enough to work with I went to work every day with a smile. The stress at the customer site was small. The internal stress of working at MS was pretty high. Taking that away helped me become more productive. The other side of productivity is leaving the monolithic world of Microsoft technologies.

Disclaimer, I like my windows tablet a lot. I use it every day. It is however, not the best tablet I use.

  • The Ipad makes you more productive.
  • The Kindle or Nook devices make you more productive – while increasing the amount of offline information you have.

Those two changed the way I read and used information both online and offline. They make it easier to consume information and reuse that information effectively. 10 months ago I never would have known the missing pieces of the Windows Tablet story. Now I realize that the holes aren’t just in the windows platform they are pervasive throughout the stack.

Time to get rolling.

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The burp is coming, the burp is coming


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I finally posted a couple of new podcasts yesterday (its been 6 months). They are at my podbean account listed above. They are also available via Zune and Itunes.

There are a number of interesting workout devices that are available this year. From heart rate monitors and blood pressure monitors that connect to your iphone. The time of connectivity is expanding. Now you can be connected all the time from all aspects of what you are doing and where you are. Of course I have argued that increasing connectivity beyond where it is today creates and expands the risk of the Internet having a senior moment (saw an interesting book about senior moments in the store – it scares me that I have been having those since I was 12 years old).

In the end connectivity will drive network activity. This in turn will clog the already clogged arteries of the Internet even further. Of course smart developers will then find ways to move their packets to alternate paths and the overflow will clog those as well. The best analogy for this is from my childhood. I used to love to go to Indiana University Basketball games. They were held at Assembly Hall which is located on the north side of the city. There is one quasi highway that runs north of assembly hall. The rest of the streets are smaller feeder streets. 17,000 fans fill that auditorium every game. The streets were designed to move 2,000 people over the course of an 8 hour day (Bloomington Indiana has a population of about 80,000 people so you can image what clustering nearly 1/4 of one place into one place will do to traffic).

Over the next few years the Internet will be that way as well. Events will drive massive amounts of available bandwidth to certain areas. Governments will begin locking off sections of networks for citizen protection further reducing overall bandwidth. The rubber band only stretches so far before it reaches it capacity and the Internet is the same. When the game is over, 8 times the normal flow of people stream out of Assembly hall. What will happen to the Internet when many more times 8 times the traffic hits one location?

The burp.

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The glorious ride that is gaming in my lifetime…


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My 20’s were on the edge of online gaming. Yes there were games online, but frankly they weren’t very good. In my late twenties and early thirties the games got better – but my time was reduced to play games. Which got me thinking about my favorite computer games by time period and platform. I moved out of computer games and into platform gaming in my mid-late thirties.

Age 0-10  (before computers really were mainstream)

  • any card game I could play with my grandfather

Age 10-20

  • Hammurabi (TRS-80 Computer)
  • Burger time (Atari)
  • Pitfall (atari)
  • Pong

Age 20-30

  • Larry Bird vs Dr J
  • Playmaker football

Age 30-40

  • Playmaker football (on the Macintosh)
  • Sim Earth
  • Sim City

Platform games

  • Sega originally morphing into the dreamcast, Sonic The Hedgehog was my favorite
  • Madden on any platform – favorite remains the XBox 360 version

Beyond 40

  • Madden
  • Halo
  • Angry Birds
  • Farmville/Cityville

What once was a vision (when I was a kid) is now a reality. I play games pretty often online now. Cityville and Farmville are huge cooperative games that I really enjoy. Madden remains my favorite now that they have fixed the 4 and 40, run a pass play bug.

The industry that was rudimentary has now become something that has value for me. Its been a glorious ride.

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On the quest to 3 million


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How devices do you have to charge. I was thinking about the the other day. The advent of smart phones have people charging that device virtually every 1-2 days. But how many other devices are you charging? Between media players, battery operated gaming systems and other personal devices (GPS, exercise equipment) you need up with many more devices now than we’ve ever had before.

The dream has always been fewer devices however.

Fewer devices that do more. One device to do everything you need to do, and present that on a 21inch monitor so old people eyes don’t have to strain to see the tiny screen (oh yeah and include a help section for how to beat Angry Bird levels).

Anyway – enough technology for today. On the quest for 3 million steps – I am at 2.1 million. I failed in my November goal of a new podcast (ran out of time) but will try to get a couple posted this month.

I found a great new walking trail on Sunday, but realized very quickly it was longer than I usually walked. By the time I made the final turn for home (facing the worst hill on the walk) I had 9.5 miles in. It was a great walk and a wonderful December day for walking. There is something about walking when it is crisp and cool outside (but not freezing) that I enjoy.

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soon the big day arrives…


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An interesting problem –

For some reason this morning Java decided that it didn’t like my printer. I can live with that. They really haven’t been on speaking terms for a long time. But suddenly they aren’t talking at all. Which I guess in the long run may be somewhat of a problem. There are a number of Internet applications that leverage variations of Java for printing services. The inability to communicate between the two is an issue that I have to fix, when I have time of course.

I ended up fixing it by upgrading my Java stack which bothers me.

Tomorrow is the first thanksgiving in more than 20 years that I won’t be cooking anything. My beloved wife, whose favorite line has to be “I wonder what my husband is making for dinner” will be making the turkey. Lukas will be making the side dishes. I can’t say how happy I am not to have to worry about preparing the food.

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